Published: 23/01/2014 17:00 - Updated: 24/01/2014 10:50

New look to Aviemore's MV Festival

MV Festival, Craig Campbell
Craig Campbell returns to the third MV Festival.

 

AS journeys go, it's been more mountainous than flat for the organisers of the MV Festival but they are getting there.

The third Mountain Valley Festival – which has attracted big name comedians in recent years including funnyman turned EastEnders star Terry Alderton, Ed Byrne, Andrew Maxwell and Frankie Boyle – will be held in Aviemore from Friday March 28 to Sunday March 30.

The not-for-profit charity festival will be 'almost unrecognisable' from the past two years with a new main home and a reduction in the number of acts and venues.

But MV Festival founder and manager Stephen Barbour told the 'Strathy': "Although all the changes were necessary for the survival of the event, they will not in any way detract from the quality of acts on offer.

"In fact there should be a better atmosphere for everybody attending and the changes will also make it much easier to get around the festival and see the performers."

The festival will move its main stage venue from the Hilton Coylumbridge to the Macdonald Aviemore Resort.

Barbour said: "We are very happy to be moving into Aviemore itself and to be joining forces with the resort – that said, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Hilton Coylumbridge and all their staff for their help and support over the last two years.

"We have listened to all the feedback from the people attending the festival over the last couple of years and this move into the village makes complete sense. It means all the events will be within walking distance in Aviemore."

Already confirmed on the 2014 MV Festival line-up is ever-present Canadian comedian Craig Campbell, with another two comics shortly to be confirmed.

Music acts already confirmed include Culann, the 2012 Scottish Alternative Music Award winners of the Best Rock act.

Joining them will be a young rock band making waves from Glasgow, Free Speech and young singer songwriter Tammy Miller. Many more acts are to be confirmed in the weeks to come.

For updates on the festival, see www.mvfestival.com and follow on Facebook/mvfestival and Twitter @mvfestival

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